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Healing our Heroes Holiday Music Sharing Event

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Save the date for a special Holiday performance from the military veterans of our Healing our Heroes Music Therapy program. It will be held Saturday, Dec 5th from 3:30-4:30pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in room 200 (upstairs from lobby). Make the holidays memorable and support our veterans with this festive event!

Music Conservatory Continues to Honor Our Heroes

Monday, November 09, 2015


Photo by Nina Kruse/Pinsky Photo

 82-year-old US Army veteran, Samuel Wansley performed at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s recent Jazz Brunch at Larchmont Shore Club. Samuel, who served as a combat engineer in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, is one of the recipients of the Conservatory’s “Healing Our Heroes” Scholarships for veterans. The program was instituted in 2013, by Board Member Joel Breitkopf, to provide US veterans with a full scholarship for two years to receive music therapy at the not-for-profit White Plains music school.

Samuel also participates in a weekly group session where he plays music with other veterans in the program.  Since its inception, the “Healing Our Heroes” program has served 22 veterans in total providing 860 music therapy sessions to four women and 18 men who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan, receiving support for traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain from physical injuries and stress related anxiety.

The program currently has a waiting list of veterans who would like to participate in the program. Last summer, the program was honored by Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett and the Director of Veteran’s Services for Westchester County, Ron Tocci, who proclaimed July 11, 2015 as “Healing Our Heroes” Day. 

For more information on the program, please contact or (914) 761-3900. You may also visit

Stanley Jordan Performs with "Healing our Heroes" Veterans

Sunday, June 01, 2014

The healing power of music was on display at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY on June 25 when four-time Grammy nominee Stanley Jordan performed for and jammed with military veterans currently enrolled in the not-for-profit community music school’s Healing Our Heroes program.  The program, which launched in September, provides music therapy and music instruction for veterans in the Tri-state area who have a variety of physical and psychological injuries sustained while on active duty. Scarsdale resident Joel Breitkopf, who was in attendance at the event, is a founding sponsor of the program and was recently elected Vice President of the Conservatory’s Board of Trustees.

Jordan, who for over a decade has studied and been involved with the practice of music therapy, joined the Conservatory’s Music Therapy Institute faculty by improvising music and playing songs selected by the veterans enrolled in the program. The jam session took place one day prior to a benefit performance Jordan gave at the Iridium Club in Manhattan alongside Charnett Moffett and Kenwood Dennard who make up the Stanley Jordan Trio. The June 25 event, which took place in the Conservatory’s recital hall, was a private event attended by the veterans and their families. To donate to Healing Our Heroes or for more information, contact us.